Current conditions

  • 57°
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • Dew point: 50.0
  • Wind from SE 3 mph
  • Visibility: 10
  • Humidity: 78%
  • Pressure: 1017


  • Hi 63°


  • Lo 50°


AM Ht. PM Ht. AM Ht. PM Ht.
SUN, DEC 4 4:58 2.9’ 6:37 0.3’ 12:37 3.8’ 11:01 5.2’
MON, DEC 5 6:13 3.1’ 7:32 0.5’ 1:38 3.9’ 11:56 4.8’
TUE, DEC 6 7:56 3’ 8:31 0.7’ 2:40 4.2’ 1:18 4.3’
WED, DEC 7 9:32 2.5’ 9:30 0.8’ 3:35 4.6’ 2:56 4’
THU, DEC 8 10:46 1.7’ 10:25 0.9’ 4:22 5.1’ 4:23 4’
FRI, DEC 9 11:44 0.9’ 11:16 1’ 5:06 5.7’ 5:36 4.2’
SAT, DEC 10 12:35 0’ 5:47 6.4’ 6:38 4.4’
SUN, DEC 11 12:04 1.1’ 1:22 -0.8’ 6:29 6.9’ 7:33 4.5’

Waves (Horseshoe)

Height Direction Interval
Sun, Dec 4 1'-2' W 18 seconds

Waves (Imperial Beach)

Height Direction Interval
Mon, Dec 5 2'-3' W 10 seconds
Tue, Dec 6 2'-3' W 8 seconds
Wed, Dec 7 2'-3' W 8 seconds
Thu, Dec 8 1'-2' WSW 15 seconds
Fri, Dec 9 1'-2' WSW 14 seconds
Sat, Dec 10 1'-2' W 7 seconds
Sun, Dec 11 1'-2' W 8 seconds

Water Conditions

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Windy afternoons should stir it up a little midweek, though there is not much tide swing and the swell will be minimal. Saturday looks best for diving in the a.m. hours for the early-risers. With not much surf over 1’-2’ expected, the surfers won’t have a lot to crow about for the week. Boaters should keep an extra eye out for divers near the reefs and channel edges and divers always mark yourselves and area appropriately.

Visibility based on existing conditions and NOAA predicted swell and weather conditions at press time. Check up-to-date daily visibility/conditions at the San Diego County Lifeguard info line: 619-221-8824.

Waterfront photos

International Surfing Day and the high is 80˚ - what a perfect day. Photo by San Diego Scenic Photography.

International Surfing Day and the high is 80˚ - what a perfect day. Photo by San Diego Scenic Photography.

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Fish Report

Dixon Lake

1700 North La Honda Drive, Escondido

December 2 was opening day for Dixon Lake’s 38th annual Trout Derby. With 6000 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalker rainbows stocked earlier in the week, derby and lake records were broken over the three-day event.

Four hours into the derby, Larry Jaurett, president of the Senior Anglers of Escondido commented, “It’s a good day when ten- and twelve-pounders are being knocked off the leaderboard,” as bigger fish kept coming in. The angler’s club was the official weighmaster.

At 10:30 a.m., Seaton Stroud of Big Bear City came running up to the weigh station from Dock #4 with a huge 13.89-pound rainbow trout, caught on a worm. “I can’t believe it, man, I can’t believe it! And on two-pound test!” he said, shaking, panting, and pacing with excitement as the fish was weighed. He has fished the opener for the last five years.

Seaton Stroud takes trout record away from Sam Arnold

Stroud’s trout broke the previous derby record of 13.6 pounds set in 2011 by Oceanside’s Sam Arnold. Arnold was on hand to see his record slip away. And congratulate Stroud.

However, Stroud’s new record would only stand for 29 hours. Around 3:30 p.m. on December 3, Steve Capps of Escondido produced not only a new derby record, but a new Dixon Lake record as well — a 16.41-pounder.

The lunker was caught in Trout Cove with a new flavor of Gulp fishing bait: Salmon Egg Rainbow. When told of the news that his record held throughout the weekend derby: “That’s unreal. I’ve been fishing that lake since I was five years old. My dad first took me there, and I’ve been trying all this time.”

Capps received the grand prize of $150 in gift cards from the derby’s sponsors: the City of Escondido, Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Prizes were also given for the first- and second-place largest fish caught each day, along with largest trout caught by a senior or a kid. Fifteen lucky anglers also caught one of 25 specially tagged trout, and received a $25 gift card.

“We couldn’t believe the size of the fish we saw coming out of the [stocking] truck,” said Dan Hippert, superintendent of the City of Escondido’s fishing lakes. The stocking occurred in a remote section along the northern shoreline a few days prior. By that afternoon, however, Hippert says the fish had swum all the way around the lake into the popular dock area, where many anglers would gather on opening weekend.

For the first time at Dixon, the lake was closed to fishing two days before the derby, to allow time for the large fish to acclimate. Rangers issued a few $250 tickets to violators who showed up early to the closed lake. “I guess they wanted to get a jump start on the derby,” said Hippert.

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Sunday, December 11, 4:30 p.m.
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